Police seek driver who hit 14-year-old, fled

Police continue to search for the car that hit 14-year-old Victoria Courtney, pictured, while she was crossing the street in SE Portland, April 28, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Police continue to search for the car that hit 14-year-old Victoria Courtney, pictured, while she was crossing the street in SE Portland, April 28, 2014. (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 14-year-girl has a broken foot after being involved in a hit-and-run accident on Monday in one of SE Portland’s high crash corridors.

Portland police said Cleveland High School student Victoria Courtney was crossing Powell Boulevard in a marked crosswalk with the signal when a car turned from southbound SE 26th Avenue to westbound Powell and hit the her.

Courtney told police the driver stopped down the street and motioned for her to come to the car, but the car drove away westbound on Powell when she was unable to get up.

Police are looking for the driver who hit a 14-year-old girl while she was walking in this crosswalk on Powell Boulevard in SE Portland, April 28, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Police are looking for the driver who hit a 14-year-old girl while she was walking in this crosswalk on Powell Boulevard in SE Portland, April 28, 2014. (KOIN 6)

“Could I have died? Could I have been more seriously injured? I think that’s why she ran because she didn’t want to be stuck with [thinking], well, I could get in trouble or what if I have to deal with this kid’s family?” said Courtney.

The vehicle was described as a gold-colored, mid-size SUV that was possibly a Lexus. The driver was described as a white woman in her 40s who stands 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall. She was wearing dress slacks, a purple shirt with silver sequins and had black and silver hair.

Anyone with information about this hit-and-run is asked to call the police non-emergency line at 503.823.3333 or email tips to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov.

Meanwhile, Oregon’s Department of Transportation said new funding for safety improvements in the area of SE Powell between 26th and 33rd avenues is in place for the 2016 budget.

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